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Archive for May, 2018

A Watershed Moment for Iraqi Kurdistan: Subnational Hydropolitics and Regional Stability

Via the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, an article on the hydropolitics of Kurdistan, Syria, and Iraq: Iraqi Kurdistan is blessed with abundant water resources, but these resources are under increasing stress. Changing demographics, dam building in neighboring countries, and drought have driven Kurdish hydropolitics to a critical juncture where two distinct water futures are […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China and India’s Disputes Spill Over Into Their Water Supply

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at growing water tension between China and India: Highlights Despite the size and importance of the massive interconnected river system China and India share (along with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh), no integrated structure exists for its management, and the bilateral agreements that govern it are far from sufficient. […]

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Chile Claims That British Appetite For Avocados Is Draining Region Dry

Via The Guardian, a look at Chilean villagers’ claims that the British appetite for avocados is draining region dry: British supermarkets are selling thousands of tonnes of avocados produced in a Chilean region where villagers claim vast amounts of water are being diverted, resulting in a drought. Major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China Resumes Sharing Brahmaputra Data with India

Via Third Pole, an update on the water data sharing between China and India which had stopped in 2017 after the border standoff between the two countries over Doklam: China has resumed providing water flow data on the Siang to India on May 15, according to officials in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development […]

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Kabul Residents Chase Receding Groundwater

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a report on Kabul’s water challenge: Years of conflict coupled with an arid landscape have left residents of Kabul, Afghanistan, facing immense water shortages. The capital city, which lies in the Kabul River Basin, is no stranger to water scarcity. Between the 1960s and early 2000s, groundwater levels fell by 6-7 […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Re-evalauting China’s Water Crisis

Via China Dialogue, a look at China and an assessment that water availability is not threatening north China’s development: Recent analysis suggests that China’s economic security is imperilled by water shortages and that a crisis is looming. Indeed, a water crisis often seems to lurk just around the corner, particularly for Beijing.  There are certainly serious issues […]

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